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It is rather challenging for a new mom to find 'Me Time'. Self-care doesn't mean one has to spend hours looking into a mirror, even a basic skincare and hair-care routine can be effective and will give the desired result. Major reasons for hair and skin problems are hormonal changes that the body undergoes during pregnancy and lack of sleep making your skin dull and dry. When it comes to hair, hair fall is one of the common concerns which new mothers face and most experience excess hair fall after childbirth.
Fret not! As soon as the hormone levels are back to normal in the body, the hair growth and fall cycle will also return to normal. But this could take several months to a year. So what should you do? Simply try to take care of yourself as much as possible. Most women try to avoid extra medications during pregnancy, this is why home remedies come to the rescue to treat hair fall naturally without worrying about any side effects.
Tips to prevent hair fall:
* Refrain from brushing your hair too much as it may lead to hair fall, especially when the hair is wet, since it's fragile and can break easily.
* Revisit your shampoo and conditioner type. Hormonal changes may bring in a change in scalp type and hair type, use hair products appropriate for scalp type and hair type, sulphate free products are certainly recommended and adding a leave-in cream would be a good option to maintain moisture levels in the hair.
* Avoid tying your hair tightly. Tight hairstyles that pull and stress your hair can aggravate hair fall. Avoid tight braids, cornrows, ponytails, or tight buns. Use soft accessories like scrunchies and keep away tight hairpins.
Refrain from brushing your hair too much as it may lead to hair fall, especially when the hair is wet, since it's fragile and can break easily. Wikimedia
* Healthy dietary habits are the key to having lustrous and healthy hair. Including fresh fruits and vegetables, and protein-rich foods in your diet will help. Also, drink enough water and stay hydrated throughout the day.
* Regularly trimming the ends of your hair can help prevent split ends and dry damaged ends. Additionally, a change in hairstyle will also make you feel good about yourself.
DIY 1: Curry Leaves
* Curry leaves or Kadi Patta are loaded with amino acids, antioxidants and various essential nutrients which help to stimulate hair growth, reduce hair fall and strengthen the hair follicle.
* Boil half cup coconut oil along with half cup curry leaves for 15 minutes and then allow it to cool. Strain the oil and massage your scalp with your fingertips with this oil thrice a week.
Curry leaves or Kadi Patta are loaded with amino acids, antioxidants and various essential nutrients which help to stimulate hair growth, reduce hair fall and strengthen the hair follicle. Photo by Jordan Ling on Unsplash
DIY 2. Methi or Fenugreek seeds:
* Methi or fenugreek seeds are one of the most effective ways to treat hair fall naturally and it also helps to get rid of dandruff.
* Soak ï¿½ teaspoon of fenugreek seeds overnight and strain the water in the morning. Spray/apply this water on your head and allow it to stay for a couple of hours and rinse. This also can be done every alternate day.
* It is normal to lose about 80-100 strands of hair every day because of hair fall during pregnancy, but if you notice more than that then it is a good idea to consult your doctor so that the problem can be investigated further.
Methi or fenugreek seeds are one of the most effective ways to treat hair fall naturally and it also helps to get rid of dandruff. Wikimedia
Skin Care hacks!
Hormonal changes and tiredness that come with being a new parent can cause skin problems too. You may notice dark spots on your face, fine lines, acne, dryness etc. Here are some easy hacks for you to follow as a new mom --
* Try to sleep for 8 hours: We know it's difficult and hard to get the sleep that you need. But if not at night, try to sleep during the daytime when your baby is asleep.
* Share the responsibility with your partner, let the father take care of the baby twice a week while you rest.
* Buy multi-speciality skincare: While you are multi-tasking, let the skin products pull double duty.
* Anti-ageing regimen -- Invest in products that will work on your wrinkles, fine lines, moisturize and act as a sunscreen too. This could be in a night cream or day.
* DIY a baby food facial: If your baby has grown and started eating solids while preparing food for your baby you can also prepare a quick DIY mask for yourself with the same food ingredients like simply mix oatmeal with turmeric and use raw milk for consistency.
Feel revived and see your favourite beautician. Enjoy yourself with a facial, pedicure, manicure, body massage or a spa. Photo by Content Pixie on Unsplash
* Must have Eye Cream: When you are deprived of sleep, dark circles are sure to appear. Invest in a good Eye Cream that will help you to get rid of it.
* Pamper yourself: Many moms isolate themselves especially first-time moms. Get some time out from your busy schedule and visit a salon. Feel revived and see your favourite beautician. Enjoy yourself with a facial, pedicure, manicure, body massage or a spa.
* Use a good moisturiser: If you are someone who wants to get rid of your stretch marks, it is important to know that it is a slow and gradual process. They usually start fading over a period of time. There are plenty of creams and oils available that claim to remove stretch marks. However, the majority of these creams are essentially moisturisers and are effective in the long run.
(Article Originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a seeking direction to the Election Commission to de-register a political party, which fails to comply with the court's direction to disclose criminal antecedents of candidates fielded in polls. Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay requested a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hima Kohli to list the petition urgently, against the backdrop of the ongoing election process. He contended that nomination for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election has started, and the political parties and candidates are brazenly violating the top court judgments.
After briefly hearing Upadhyay, the bench said: "We will consider it... will give a date".
The plea argued that allowing criminals to stand for election threatens democracy and secularism. | Wikipedia
The plea claimed that the cause of action for filing the plea arose after the Samajwadi Party fielded alleged gangster Nahid Hasan from Kairana but neither published his criminal records in electronic, print and social media nor the reason for his selection within 48 hours. On February 13, last year, Shamli police imposed the Gangster Act on Nahid Hasan, who is a two-time MLA from Kairana. "He (Hasan) has multiple criminal cases and is the 'mastermind' behind the Hindu exodus from Kairana. There are many criminal cases including fraud and extortion, and he was declared a fugitive by Special MLA-MP Court," the plea said.
The plea argued that the consequences of permitting criminals to contest and become legislators are extremely serious for democracy and secularism. The plea sought a direction to the Election Commission to take steps to ensure that every political party publishes the details regarding criminal cases of each candidate along with the reason for such selection on the homepage of its official website in bold letters within 48 hours in the spirit of top court orders passed on September 25, 2018, and February 2, 2020. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: uttar pradesh assembly election, hima kohli, justices a.s. bopanna, chief justice n.v. ramana, political party, election commission, the supreme court, tainted candidates, action, plea)
There will be no chief guest at the Republic Day parade this year also as the plan to host state heads of five Central Asian countries -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan -- seems to have been cancelled due to the Covid situation in India as well as in the respective nations. Though the Ministry of External Affairs is yet to confirm this officially.
If the guests arrive, then this would be the second time when India hosts a group of state heads as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2018, state heads of ASEAN countries graced the occasion with their presence. Apart from Kazakhstan, none of these countries' state heads had been invited as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2009, Kazakhstan's then president Nursultan Nazarbayev was the Chief Guest.
The Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest.Unsplash
As per sources, due to the corona situation, the Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest, so the plan seems to have been cancelled. Last year, British Prime minister Boris Johnson was invited for the same, but later cancelled due to rising corona cases in the UK.
In the past, there have been occasions when the Republic Day ceremony was celebrated without any foreign guest. In 1966, there was no foreign chief guest in the Republic Day parade ceremony as the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had passed away in Tashkent in January, and Indira Gandhi took oath as Prime Minister on January 24. (IANS/SP)
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A team of scientists from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have found a cure for those suffering from chronic wounds, particularly with diabetic foot ulcers. The team led by Prof Gopal Nath of the department of Microbiology, Institute of Medical Sciences, said that wounds that took months and years to heal, could now be cured in days or months. The findings of study have been published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health, US.
Prof Nath said that a wound is defined as a breach in the skin or body tissues due to injury. An acute wound is defined as a "recent break that is yet to progress through sequential stages of healing". The wounds where normal healing process is stalled due to underlying pathology (vascular and diabetes) or infection beyond three months is defined as chronic wound. While chronic wounds always get infected, the contaminated wounds are reasonably susceptible to infection.
A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks.Towfiqu barbhuiya / Unsplash
Infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and biofilm formation halt healing progress. These wounds cause significant psychological and physical morbidity. The traditional treatment strategies often succeed in healing wounds, he said adding that many wounds have been observed recalcitrant to them, leading to persistence and recurrent infections. Search for alternatives to antibiotics has now become a compulsion. Fortunately, bacteriophage therapy is a re-emerging solution to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Prof Nath's team carried out phage therapy of acute and chronic infected wounds in animals and clinical studies. It showed efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a mice wound model. Furthermore, they evaluated the efficacy of phage cocktails in animal models' acute and chronic osteomyelitis caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They also observed biofilm eradication from K wire in rabbits' wound infection model. Clinical trials of phage therapy initiated by the BHU have reported the efficacy of topical phage in healing chronic wounds in three prospective exploratory studies and no adverse events mimicking the results in vivo animal models.
Scientists have found a cure for those suffering from diabetic foot ulcers. Unsplash
A clinical study by Gupta demonstrated the significant role of bacteriophage therapy in the chronic wounds associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study employed a total of twenty patients with chronic non-healing ulcers for more than six weeks duration. A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks. Another study, employing 48 patients having a minimum of one eligible full-thickness wound that did not heal in six weeks with convention wound management, showed the promising result, and significant improvement was observed in the wound healing.
The study projected that specific phage therapy is equally effective regardless of the diabetic or non-diabetic status of the patient though the healing was relatively delayed in diabetic patients. Another successful study has shown encouraging results on healing process of infected acute traumatic wounds. The average number of days required for complete granulation of wounds and attaining sterility and healing was half compared to conventional therapy. (IANS/SP)
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